Low Heart Rate

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

Last month, a colleague told me her 72-year-old dad was getting a heart pacemaker. It came as a shock, since he was fit, spry and an avid cyclist. His heart rate had always been low, but over time it had dropped to just 33 beats per minute (BPM), which he and his doctor attributed to his fitness. It…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

Low-dose beta blockers are effective in treatment for atrial fibrillation and lowering blood pressure levels. They also help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. Research shows that taking beta blockers following a heart attack protects against arrhythmias that can develop as a result…

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5 Cancer-Fighting Supplements

…years ago, cancer was low on the list of dreaded diseases. Today, the pendulum has swung far and wide, and it’s said that one in three people will get cancer. Five Effective Cancer-Fighting Supplements * Fish oil. In laboratory studies, fish oil has been shown to slow the rate at which cancer spreads…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…people vulnerable to low respiratory sinus arrhythmia to develop cardiac, arrhythmia, stroke and sudden cardiac death. Electro-sensitive adults and children report cardiac arrhythmias as one of many symptoms they experience with exposure to radio frequencies. People with low heart rate variability are often…

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Is Your Heart Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Vitamin D?

…with decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D is Also Critical for Heart Health Vitamin D testing should be part of every cardiology workup. That’s because a number of studies have linked low blood levels of vitamin D with increased arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…a cascade of hormones that have profound impacts on the body. Depression, for example, has been associated with the following: * Higher resting heart rate * Impaired vagal tone (vagal tone is a nervous system response that affects an individual’s ability to soothe him- or herself; those with better…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…that the death rate of people in the U.S. with diabetes has dropped substantially. Plus, the number of people with diabetes and heart disease has dropped as well, but is still much higher than those who don’t have diabetes. Facts About Diabetes and Heart Disease * The most common heart problem that diabetes…

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Benefits of Yoga: A Powerful Exercise for Your Heart

heart health are about the breath work involved with yoga. The Secret to Yoga for Heart Health Comes from the Slow, Deep Breaths The slow, deep breathing used in yoga helps to: * Calm and relax your body and mind * Relax the arterial walls * Low blood pressure * Slow your heart rate * Enhance your heart

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…-in-law's mental status had changed so abruptly that we needed to hospitalize her to rule out a stroke or low heart rate. While she was surprisingly hypertensive on admission and her heart rate low enough to validate a pacemaker, her failing memory has yet to improve since she's been discharged home again…

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Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and PACs

…does not fire like an automaton—if it does, then heart rate variability (HRV) is low, and that is actually a risk factor for sudden cardiac death. Instead, the SA node is influenced by the breath—we call that a respiratory variation in the heart beat. The beat increases slightly as you inhale, and…

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Learn the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

…"fibrillate." This can send heart rates up to 130 to 250 beats per minute, or more. Uncontrolled AF (episodes longer than 24 hours, or extremely high or low heart rates), can place a considerable strain on your heart. Occasionally, this can lead to a heart attack or congestive heart failure. There is also…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…famous JUPITER study, which was initiated to prove the benefits of statin drugs on patients with low-to-normal LDL cholesterol, was halted because patients were developing diabetes at increased rates. This issue of high-dose statins has even touched much closer to home—in my own practice. One of…

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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…tumor in the gut. 2. Prostate Biopsy: Prostate biopsies are ordered by doctors all the time, yet the studies show that the difference in survival rates between those who treat their prostate cancer with the right diet, vs. those who undergo cancer treatment, is only 5%. To prevent prostate cancer, you…

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